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Issue 34: My new favorite little tomato-sized productivity hack (and some MadNess for this Monday)

Issue 34: My new favorite little tomato-sized productivity hack (and some MadNess for this Monday)

Hi there nesstie,

I’ve been getting really into the Pomodoro Technique. It’s a time management system where you work in 25-minute intervals and then get a li’l five-minute break between each set. That’s a pomodoro! (Italian for “tomato,” if you were wondering, based on the shape of the timer used by the guy who invented the methodology.) After a few poms, you get a longer 20-ish minute break.

That’s a lot of counting tbh, and I don’t follow the technique rigidly. But I’ve found the concept helpful for days when I’m distracted and unmotivated. Reimagining work as little bursts of activity rather than a long stretch of labor broken up only by a sad desk lunch is a game changer.

My brain is a lot more receptive to sitting down for a tight 25 to bang out some work than it is to sitting down feeling like I can’t get up until everything is done until all of a sudden it’s dark and my only light source is the glare of my computer screen. I usually find that once I get started, I last longer than I set out for. And if I don’t, I take a quick stretch, snack, or Instagram break until diving into my next 25 minutes. Feels good.

This is not a one-size fits-all approach by any means, but I think it’s a cool system to break up the drain of a workday. Instead of trying to hype yourself up to go go go 😅, you just have to commit to the time it takes to watch an episode of New Girl. Nothing should be longer than a Gilmore Girl, including your spurts of work. With the Pomodoro technique, it doesn’t have to be.

To more tight 25s,

Melanie, editor at The Nessie

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